How One Dad Gets Involved In His Children’s Education

Dad Involved in Education

When I arrived home, my 7 year-old-son, N, handed me an envelope as soon as I walked through the door.

“This is for you daddy,” he said with a grin.

I opened the envelope and found an invitation that he had written with Crayons.

“Dear Daddy,” it read. “You are invited to my 2nd grade orientation.”

“Are you going to go?” He asked with a hopeful look in his eyes.

“Of course, I will,” I said as I reached down and gave him a bear hug.

I glanced over at my wife KayEm, who was shaking her head.

“What’s wrong with you?” I asked.

“When N got home, I tried to read the invitation, but he made it clear that it was for your eyes only,” she said. “He wanted to make sure that his dad attended.”

Attending this orientation is my signal that the school year has officially begun. During this event, parents get to meet the teacher, learn about classroom expectations, and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Each year, I volunteer for the same thing – Mystery Reader. While reading to a class may not seem like a high-profile volunteer activity, I’ve come to realize that it is an important one.

If you don’t believe me, just ask the frazzled teachers who have thanked me for reading to the class and giving them a few minutes of down time. Or you can ask the students who crowd around my feet and smile with delight as I make funny voices and flail around as I read the book. You can even ask my son who beams with pride as he listens to stories that I’ve read to him scores of times as if he’s never heard them before.

I treasure these special moments because they allow me to connect with and have an impact on everyone in the classroom. I know that my son treasures them too.

Nothing is more rewarding than having my son tug on my sleeve and ask, “When are you coming back to read to my class?”

Stay Strong,






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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at

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